Nov 24, 2011; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys nose tackle Jay Ratliff (90) , linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) , Sean Lee (50) and Anthony Spencer (93) against the Miami Dolphins on Thanksgiving day at Cowboys Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Will the Dallas Cowboys extend Anthony Spencer and Sean Lee?

Should Cowboys fans expect a contract extension for Sean Lee and/or Anthony Spencer before the 2013 season?

It looks like the Cowboys will are trying to lock Sean Lee up at some point before the regular season begins. I recently posted an article about Sean Lee and whether or not the Cowboys should extend him or not. Take a look and let me know if you agree or not.

To summarize the article, I basically urged the Cowboys NOT to resign Sean Lee until after the 2013 season. The reason is really two-fold

  1. Make Sean Lee prove he can play injury free for the first time in his career. If he can’t stay healthy for the second half, what’s the point of having a great player like him?
  2. The Cowboys are changing from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 defense. DC Monte Kiffin runs a disciplined defense that mixes elements of Cover 2, Cover 3, Tampa 2, and Single-high Safety. It places the LB’s in great positions to make plays. Let’s make sure Lee is the right player before assuming so and investing a small fortune in that unproven assumption

My thoughts on Anthony Spencer are very similar to the Sean Lee situation. Spencer doesn’t have the same injury risks Lee has but he has his own set of concerns. Even more significant than just changing schemes, Spencer is changing positions within a new scheme. Yes, he had a career year last year. Is he the same great player as last year or will he revert back to the pretty good player he was every year before that? He’s also 29 years old so you can bet his best days are soon behind him. Is this really the kind of player you want to throw bundles of cash at long-term? Frankly, I felt the Cowboys should have let him walk this offseason and used the $10M+ to upgrade the offensive line. But that’s all in the past, I suppose…

The only downside to this wait and see strategy is if either or both of these players have a career year in 2013, the Cowboys will have to pay a lot more money to resign them, compared to what they would have if they just would have signed them before the 2013 season. But this is the risk you run. I’ve always said, You regret contracts that you give to undeserving (or injury-prone) players. You never regret paying an appropriately high market value to a player who deserves it.

At the end of the day, I feel the Cowboys will agree to an extension with Sean Lee while they leave Spencer on the hook for 2013.

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